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Pilatus PC-6 VH-SMA 1970


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Pilatus PC-6B Turbo-Porter

VH-SMA sn 656 Snowy Mountains Authority 1970
The PC-6 is noted for its Short Take-off and Landing (STOL) performance on almost any type of terrain - it can take off within a distance of 195 m and land within a distance of 130 m while carrying a payload of 1,200 kg. Thanks to its remarkable STOL performance, the PC-6 holds the world record for highest landing by a fixed wing aircraft, at 18,865 feet (5,750 m), on the Dhaulagiri glacier in Nepal. Due to these characteristics, they are frequently used to access short grass mountaintop airstrips in the highlands of Papua Province (Indonesia) and Papua New Guinea.,

656 was a 1967 build PC-6B. The first of two Porters purchased for $105,000 Aust. in 1968, by the Snowy Mountains Authority through the Australian distributor Forrester Stephen Aviation based at Essendon in Victoria. Delivery included the flying out to Australia in 1968 by a Pilatus pilot (Emil Wick) and then registration as VH-SMA. It was involved with building the Australian Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electricity Scheme during the early 1970s.

Make: Pilatus Flugzeugwerke
Model: PC-6-B2-H4 Turbo-Porter
Powerplant: Pratt & Whittney PT-6A-20 with 550 SHP
Height: 3.20 metres
Length: 10.97 metres
Wingspan: 15.20 metres
Max. Weight: 2,475 Kg
Empty Weight: 1,450.5 Kg
Range: 970 Km, 4 hours endurance
Max. Speed: 259 kmh
Cruise Speed: 203 kmh

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 20 June, 2012.

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